As a Jew I have just finished commemorating Channukah
, a festival that revolves around the rededication of the Temple after its desecration by the ancient Greek Empire, and is observed by the lighting of an eight branched Menorah.
Important Jewish religious holidays such as Yom Kippur are slighted, while less important holidays such as Channukah
are exaggerated to fit the need of the dominant [Christian] culture" (Weiner, 1991, p.
This year, the children observed Channukah
, Christmas, Ramadan, and Kwanzaa.
The texts (many of which deal with the land of Israel, agriculture, or toil) range from the playful children's Channukah
song "Yeled kat" ("Tiny Child") to contemplative - even serious - themes.
MCI's "Ring in the Holidays" cards will cover major gift giving holidays, such as Christmas and Channukah